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Publisher's Summary

Everyone's favorite western, Gunsmoke, debuted June 26, 1952, on the CBS radio airwave, starring William Conrad as Matt Dillon, and ran until June 18, 1961, making it the longest running dramatic series in radio history. While the radio show was still on the air, the television version of Gunsmoke debuted on CBS Television, starring James Arness as Matt Dillon, and ran for 20 years, making it the longest running dramatic television show in history.

This amazing audio collection contains 64 episodes from the first radio season, and are the live cast recordings from the original on-air performances.

©2013 PDQ Audioworks (P)2013 PDQ Audioworks

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Flawed, but good, collection of the classic series

Would you listen to Gunsmoke, Season 1 again? Why?

The story writing, acting, and sound effects (hoofbeats, gunshots, crowd noise, wind, even the proper amount of silence at the right times) were always first rate, and set a standard for all radio productions, on par with the best movies and TV shows today.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Conrad's Matt Dillon and Parley Baer's Chester Proudfoot set the standard for James Arness and Dennis Weaver to meet, years later.

Have you listened to any of Robert Conrad’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First of all, it's WILLIAM Conrad, not ROBERT Conrad! Both are excellent actors, but they are not the same person! This should have been the easiest error to catch, but it appears both in the written descriptions on the Audible web site and in the written information in the app -- and even in the text portion of the picture/icon used for the book in both places! This should be corrected, to give the late, great, WILLIAM Conrad due credit for his outstanding performance as Matt Dillon.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The longest-running drama on radio, and then the longest-running western on TV finally makes its long overdue debut on the big screen: the penultimate Western saga GUNSMOKE!

Any additional comments?

I previously purchased several of the Gunsmoke "collections" of episodes, which came in groups of 4 or so episodes at a time, each episode a separate "audiobook" Those collections seemed to include episodes from different seasons and/or out of order. I like the new organization of episodes in a whole-season format, with each episode a "chapter" of the audiobook for the season. However, one thing I liked about the previous collection was that you could read the title and original air date of each episode, along with a brief synopsis of the episode. It would have been great to somehow include that information in the new collection, so that the listener can locate specific episodes easily.

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THE ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL "GUNSMOKE."

I loved listening to it as a child, and I still love it. It is perhaps the best radio series ever produced. I will archive it for a year and then listen again!

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I've read all 9 seasons now.

When I first bought Gunsmoke season 1, I was expecting audible quality and I wasn't happy with it. The sound was off on some of it and 1 show was a little mixed up. I forgot just how old this show is and was expecting Audible's quality.

All 9 seasons are interesting and fun! You get totally involved with the characters!
there is some problems with the sound in a few places, but you get a lot for your credits.

I'm very glad I bought all 9 seasons, and wish there was more!
These kept me out of trouble when my husband was gone for almost 2 weeks!

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Perfect listening

If you could sum up Gunsmoke, Season 1 in three words, what would they be?

Wonderful listening

What other book might you compare Gunsmoke, Season 1 to and why?

William J Johnstone western books like Smoke Jensen.

Which scene was your favorite?

The start with the classic music and William Conrad scene with Dillon and Chester looking for a wanted man who robbed and killed but was brought in dead by a friend. But a mop forms and Dillon has to back then down.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Love the theme music made me remember my childhood when I listened to the radio with my parents on Saturday nights.

Any additional comments?

Just love western novels and stodies, now I have the audio which I have longed for, Thank you. I read a lot of William J Johnstone western novels and these audio. books makes it more relaxing at night before bedtime to sit back an enjoy.